2016 New Year’s Party

Okinawa Association of America’s Annual New Year’s Party
Sunday, January 17 • 11AM ~ 3:30PM • Quiet Cannon @ Montebello Golf Course

901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, California 90640
Facebook Event Page

Click on a link below to learn more:
ABOUT | ENTERTAINMENT | RAFFLE PRIZES
LUNCHEON | MERCHANDISE | TICKET INFORMATION
VOLUNTEER | DONATE


ABOUT THE NEW YEAR’S PARTY

Beautiful floral arrangement by OAA board member Setsuko Fujimoto (photographed by Kristin Yamauchi)

Ring in the new year with Uchinaanchu (Okinawan) spirit! The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will be hosting their annual New Year’s Party on Sunday, January 17th. Held at the beautiful Quiet Cannon banquet hall in Montebello Golf Course, this event is one of the OAA’s largest with over 600 attendees! Pre-registration is required to attend this event (deadline: January 8th to guarantee a ticket at current pricing).

Pre-registration is required to attend this event (deadline: January 8th to guarantee a ticket at current pricing). The $40 admission fee includes a prime rib entrée (vegetarian menu available). To help families and encourage younger members to attend, discounted fees are available for children (ages 3 to 10) and students (ages 11 to 18).

One of the event’s biggest draws is the entertainment program, which will showcase the cultural arts of Okinawa, Hawaii, and Japan. Featuring live music, dance, karaoke, and martial arts demonstrations, highlights include a classical Ryukyu music ensemble, the L.A. branch of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko (Okinawan drum-dancing), and surprise numbers performed by the OAA’s board of directors and Women’s Club.

Support the OAA by purchasing $2 raffle tickets (winners need not be present) and try your luck at winning the grand prize: a Kangen Water ionization machine generously donated by Enagic USA, Inc. (retail value: $1,480)! Other great prizes include round trip airfare to Tokyo (fuel surcharges and tax not included) donated by Uyehara Travel, $200 travel vouchers donated by IACE Travel, gift cards, and electronics.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact the OAA at 310-532-1929 or oaamensore@gmail.com. Registration is required in order to attend (deadline: January 8th; additional $10/person after deadline, if space allows) and seating is assigned on a “first come, first served” basis.

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ENTERTAINMENT

DANCE:

  • Kanna Iwasaki
    Special guest dancer from Ishigaki-jima, Okinawa! Performing a number from Daiichi Hirata’s original musical, “Oyake Akahachi”
  • Miyagi Ryu Nosho Kai Miyagi Nosho Ryubu Kenkyusho
    Traditional Okinawan dance
  • Miyagi Ryu Toyomu Kai
    Traditional Okinawan dance
  • Mountain View Ohana Hula na Keiki Troupe
    Hawaiian ukulele music and dance (directed by Harriet Furuya, assisted by Ken Furuya and Eunice Kohatsu)
  • OAA Board of Directors
    Surprise performance!
  • Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Los Angeles Branch
    Okinawan festival drum-dancing (inspired by eisaa)
  • Shishimai
    Okinawan lion dance (head instructor: Hitoshi Nakata)

MARTIAL ARTS:

  • Shozen Dojo
    Martial arts demonstration (head instructor: Maria Evans, 7th Dan)

MUSIC:

  • Kaimaku (opening classical music)
    Classical Ryukyuan music ensemble featuring local sanshin, koto, and taiko musicians
  • Hanashiro Emiko Ryukyu Minyo Kenkyusho
    Traditional Okinawan sanshin music
  • Darrel J. Neal
    Japanese enka (karaoke)
  • Nishikawa Atsuko Ryukyu Minyo Kenkyusho
    Traditional Okinawan sanshin music
  • OAA Fujin-bu (Women’s Club)
    Surprise performance!

Classical Ryukyu music ensemble featuring local sanshin, koto, and taiko musicians (photographed by Eric Takushi)

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RAFFLE PRIZES

Raffle tickets are only $2 each! Attendance is not required to win prizes*.

If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, please contact the OAA at oaamensore@gmail.com or 310-532-1929Raffle ticket pre-orders must be received at the OAA office by January 15th. Tickets will be sold at the New Year’s Party, too!

GRAND PRIZE:

  • “Kangen Water” Ionization Machine (Model: Leveluk R)
    1 winner; generously donated by Enagic USA, Inc.
    Retail value: $1,480

TOP PRIZES:

  • Round Trip Airfare to Tokyo, Japan**
    1 winner; generously donated by Uyehara Travel
  • Two (2) $200 Travel Vouchers***
    1 winner; generously donated by IACE Travel

ELECTRONICS:

  • Amazon Fire 7″ tablet with 8GB storage (black)
    2 winners; generously donated by OAA member Steven Awakuni
  • Black+Decker 10-Speed Blender (40oz)
    1 winner; generously donated by OAA member Alice Kimura
  • Crock-Pot Smart-Pot (5qt slow cooker)
    1 winner; generously donated by OAA member Cathleen Poon
  • Dash Go Citrus Juicer (25oz)
    2 winners; generously donated by OAA member Alice Kimura
  • TIGER Electric Water Heater/Warmer (4 liter)
    1 winner; donated by the OAA Geino-Bu (Performing Arts Committee)
  • VIZIO 32″ HD LED Smart TV (1080p)
    1 winner; generously donated by Kamiya Insurance Agency

GIFT CARDS:

  • Amazon.com – $25
    3 winners; sponsored by the OAA
  • Cheesecake Factory – $50
    1 winner; donated by the OAA Martial Arts Committee
  • In-N-Out Burger – $20
    3 winners; sponsored by the OAA
  • Marukai – $20 gift certificates
    5 winners; generously donated by Teruya Sokyoku Kenkyujo
  • Nijiya Market
    • $50 – 2 winners; generously donated by OAA members Mitsuo/Vicky Nishiuchi (1) and sponsored by OAA (1)
    • $25 – 2 winners; donated by the OAA Uchinaaguchi Class
    • $20 – 2 winners; sponsored by the OAA
  • Nordstrom – $50
    1 winner; generously donated by OAA members Mitsuo/Vicky Nishiuchi
  • Target – $25
    6 winners; generously donated by OAA members Mitsuo/Vicky Nishiuchi (2) and Dennis/Joan Oshiro (4)
  • Trader Joe’s
    • $25 – 4 winners; generously donated by OAA President Shingi Kuniyoshi
    • $20 – 3 winners; sponsored by the OAA

OTHER GREAT PRIZES:

  • Big Vision Magnifying Eyewear (160% magnification)
    1 winner; generously donated by OAA member Alice Kimura
  • Infuser tea pot (17oz)
    1 winner; generously donated by OAA member Rosa Yakushi
  • Set of 4 ceramic tea cups
    1 winner; generously donated by OAA member Rosa Yakushi
  • More prizes to be announced at the party!

Click here if you want to donate a raffle prize (new items only please)!

A lucky winner from the 2015 OAA New Year's Party with the HD Smart TV donated by Kamiya Insurance Agency!

A lucky winner from the 2015 OAA New Year’s Party (Tomohiro Arashiro, center) with the HD Smart TV donated by Kamiya Insurance Agency (Edward Kamiya, right)! (photographed by Eric Takushi)

* Winners will be informed by phone or email after the New Year’s Party. Prizes can be picked up at the OAA office in Gardena (M – F, 10AM – 4PM).

** Restrictions and additional charges apply: Winner must pay for fuel surcharges and tax; flights must be made through Uyehara Travel.

*** Restrictions apply: Vouchers cannot be combined for one flight; flights must be made through IACE Travel.

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LUNCHEON

$40 adult ticket (and $25 student ticket*) includes:

  • Prime rib entrée (or vegetarian option: pasta with vegetables in a roasted garlic & marinara sauce)
  • Salad, seasonal vegetables, and cheesecake dessert

$15 child ticket** includes:

  • Chicken strips with french fries and fruit
  • Dessert

Download the registration form or contact the OAA at oaamensore@gmail.com or 310-532-1929The postmark deadline for registration is January 8, 2016. Tickets will increase to an additional $10 per person after the deadline, if space allows.

* Eligible for students ages 11 to 18. A photocopy of a student ID is required for this discount.

** Ages 3 to 10.

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MERCHANDISE

Merchandise list coming soon!

Ryukyu Cartoon Characters T-Shirt

*NEW* 2015 OAA t-shirt design! Ryukyu cartoon characters designed by Richard Yamashiro

Limited edition ceramic mug designed by one of our 2015 kids art contest winners, Melissa Tran!

*NEW* Limited edition OAA mug (11oz ceramic) featuring original artwork by one of our 2015 kids art contest winners, Melissa Tran!

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TICKET INFORMATION

PRESALE TICKET PRICING:
Ticket fee includes luncheon and entertainment program.

  • $40 adults
  • $25 students* (ages 11 to 18)
  • $15 children’s chicken strips meal (ages 3 to 10)
The New Year's Party is one of the OAA's largest annual events, drawing an average of 500+ participants!

The New Year’s Party is one of the OAA’s largest annual events, drawing 600+ participants! (photographed by Kristin Yamauchi)

Download the registration form or contact the OAA at oaamensore@gmail.com or 310-532-1929The postmark deadline for registration is January 8, 2016. Tickets will increase to an additional $10 per person after the deadline, if space allows.

* A photocopy of a student ID is required for this discount.

SEATING:

  • All reservations are on a “1st come, 1st served” basis, with earlier reservations closer to the stage.
  • Reservations without full payment will not be accepted.
  • Each table seats 10 people at most, so please coordinate with friends/relatives if you want to sit together.
  • Do not forget to bring your luncheon ticket to the party. No ticket = no meal!

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VOLUNTEER

OAA events like the New Year’s Party would not be possible without dedicated volunteers! Volunteers need not work the entire day and we would be grateful if you can spare just a few hours! If you’re interested in volunteering, please download the volunteer sign-up form or contact the OAA at 310-532-1929 or oaavolunteers@gmail.com to sign up.

A free boxed lunch (sandwich, snack, and beverage) will be provided on Sunday, 1/17/2016 to volunteers (minimum of 3 work hours) who are not buying the $40 adult or $25 student luncheon ticket. We can accommodate people who are buying their luncheon tickets by assigning them to the pre-party morning shift (8 – 11AM) or the post-party shift (3:30PM -) so they may enjoy the party.

All volunteers who will work at the party must be signed up by Friday, January 8 in order to get the free boxed lunch, if not purchasing the $40 or $25 luncheon ticket. A short instructional meeting may be held at the OAA Center, date to be announced.

New Year's Party 2014

Volunteers in beautiful kimono greeting V.I.P. invitees (photographed by Stuart Yamashiro)

The following volunteer opportunities are available:

  • Saturday, January 16, 9AM at the OAA
    Truck loading
  • Sunday, January 17 at Quiet Cannon
    Volunteers who work 3+ hours on Sunday will receive a free boxed lunch (sign-up is required by January 13 to guarantee the lunch)! If you purchased a ticket and plan on attending the New Year’s Party, we can accommodate you by scheduling your shift for the early morning set-up or afternoon/evening clean-up.

    • 8AM ~ 11AM
      Truck unloading, setting up, stage set-up, table set-up, reception/merchandise help
    • 11:00AM ~ 3:30PM
      Stage crew help, working the booths
    • 3:30PM ~ 4:30PM
      Cleaning up and loading the truck
  • Sunday, January 17 at the OAA
    • 4:30PM ~
      Truck unloading
  • Before the New Year’s Party, weekdays 10AM ~ 4PM
    Assisting at the OAA office; please contact the OAA beforehand

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DONATE

Your generous donations help to offset expenses for an event that brings together our members to celebrate the New Year! If you’re interested in making a donation, please contact the OAA office at oaamensore@gmail.com or 310-532-1929.

  • Raffle prizes (new items only)
  • Money (tax-deductible)

Donation Deadline: January 15, 2016

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